Hello again everyone! I hope you are enjoying the first few days of spring. It still isn’t warm enough for me to put away my sweatshirts.
My son Keith Ballard has sort of jumped the gun, as he carried a couple of plants from the basement to the back deck. It can freeze between now and May.
This weekend has been a very eventful weekend with lots of different things going on. Saturday, the movie Mountain Minor, produced by Dale Farmer of Camden, was shown at the U Pike Film & Arts Festival in Pikeville. Had there not been so many things going on here locally, I would have been in the audience for this, as there was a full weekend of different listings for several days.
Friday, Vicki Power and I ventured to Oxford Community Arts Center for the annual square dance. I had to sit this one out and be content to watch as I didn’t feel good. Now I will rephrase that, as I sat without contentment. It seems that I have taken up with a fickle companion, as I share with lots of others. Arthritis has evidently decided to invade my bones. Now I am not stingy as I will share with anyone that wants this, although I am sure no one will take me up on my offer.
Saturday, there was a benefit held at Monroe Nazarene Church for a musician that I have known about 20 years, Tony Kakaris, bass player for Nightflyer Band. Tony is a great musician, but most important is that he is a great person. I felt too bad to mix very much, however it was really nice to see people that I hadn’t seen in several years.
It was especially wonderful to spend time with Les and Pat Wagner, Becky and Polly Hasty and Polly’s daughter Kelly, who is a teenager now. Kelly is such a beautiful girl. Kelly is 13 and loves bluegrass music.
When Tony Hale & Blackwater Band took the stage, the second song that the band sang was a favorite of mine of all songs. Tony didn’t have to say who it was played for as, I knew.
I miss being able to be out and about going to so many places and dancing like I used to. I am thankful I’ve had the health to do all the things that I’ve been able to do.
There was one thing that will stand out in my memory. A man with an artificial leg in the audience had a shoeshine kit he had made when he was nine years old. The man walked among the crowd, getting down on his knees, shining shoes. Whatever someone wanted to give, he took every dollar and put it on the stage for Tony Kakaris.
The thought went through my mind there as I sat uncomfortably because I was in a little pain, here is a man with one leg; at least I have legs. Then again I thought of my brother Wallace Lee and my sister Loretta, who had both legs removed. Both were content having someone do everything for them.
Sunday was Old Time Fiddlers, music was good, and everyone enjoyed the potato soup that I made. I really enjoyed John Steuver and Warren Waldron playing twin fiddles.
This week has been a sad time also as a friend lost her dad. I’ve known the family almost 35 years.
Another friend and dancing partner, Alphine Stacy, spent a few days in Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati. Several years ago Alphine joined me to a trip to the mountains to attend Blackey Days.
Johnny and Ann Calihan are doing alright at the present time. Ann’s finger is still giving her some problems. Their daughter Sue Wagner is having health issues again. I will be glad for the family for as soon as Sue and Tom get their house sold in South Carolina, they will be able to move close to their families here locally.
I finally spent a couple of hours with my daughter Kay Gray. We had lunch at Panera’s as they have delicious soup. I am still limited on what I can digest. I was served a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup that was large enough for two people. Kay only lives a few miles from me but this is the first I have seen her since before Christmas.
April 13, Carcassonne Community Center is planning a big day! It will host a bass fishing tournament at Carr Creek Lake from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Jackie Logan or Mike Caudill for details. They will host our second square dance of 2019, with doors opening at 5:30. Come join the fun! Sunrise Ridge is the featured band and Will Bowling is the caller. There will be a spaghetti dinner. Come for supper and enjoy the square dance.
You can get a double dose of Sunrise Ridge as they will be playing Friday night, April 12, at Campbell’s Branch Community Center. Food is available for this event. Then Saturday night you can hear the band at Carcassonne Community Center. You never know who may show up at these events.
Thanks to Darlene Campbell for the videos. I’m not usually impressed by someone’s dancing, but there’s a musician who will step off the stage to dance, Bordus Adkins. This man’s feet seem to float as he dances for a few minutes. I really enjoy Fred playing the banjo. I wish someone would make a DVD of this group.
Don’t forget to check out Libby Smith’s video each week with her beautiful, reasonably priced Paparazzi jewelry. I may not purchase the jewelry, but it’s just a pleasure being able to see Libby and hear a voice from the mountains.
Well, it is time I get this on the way, these old bones are moving slow. Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, Ohio 45030, email. Bluegrassmama4@aol.com.